A heart formed of polymers, a tuberculosis bacterium camouflaged as an exotic
blossom and a dragon made of a magnesium-titanium compound: it is often hard
to tell whether the entries to the Carl Zeiss Nano Image Contest are artistically
structured paintings or photos taken under the microscope.
More than 70 researchers from around the globe are currently presenting their
fascinating nano masterpieces to the general public in an online contest. Many
visitors to the website have already used the opportunity to vote for their
To date, not only classical black-and-white photos but also several stained
microscope images have been submitted. Most of the images received until now
belong to the category of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), while fewer have
been entered in the categories of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and
helium ion microscopy (HIM). Therefore, more photos from these areas would be
particularly welcome. Peter Nirmalraj from Trinity College Dublin is the current
leader in the overall competition.
All users of ZEISS particle beam systems can submit their most beautiful photos
to the Nano Image Contest before 29 August. The website is available for voting
for another two weeks until 12 September in order to give voters the opportunity
to upload images not submitted until the latter part of the submission period.
The winners of the four categories will each receive a pair of cinemizer Plus
video glasses from 12 September Carl Zeiss.
Source: Carl Zeiss